If you ever have sore, tired hands, this pose is for you! It opens the palm and stretches the fascia that binds from over-use of your gripping muscles and extensors so that you can move your hands pain-free again. My favorite poses are so simple but so effective, and this one definitely fits into that category. Try it out, let me know what you think….
How to do the Palm Opener Stretch:
- Sit near your partner’s waist. Take their hand palm up, elbow bent.
- With your palms up, interlace the last two fingers of your inside hand between their last two fingers.
- Place your outside hand pinky between your partner’s index and middle finger.
- Place your middle and ring finger between their index finger and thumb.
- If their middle finger is sticking up a little, you did this right!
- Apply gentle pressure to the back of their hand with your fingers and stretch open their palm. Benefits: Relaxes hands! especially “typing hands;” relieves pressure in the wrists.
Cautions: May need to be gentle with wrist, always check in with your partner to be sure it’s comfortable. Changing the bed in the wrist can greatly increase or decrease the stretch across the wrist as needed.
Prep poses – not really needed at all, this is a stand alone pose that can be done anytime, anywhere, or whenever you like during your Thai Yoga Massage.
Counterposes – again, not especially necessary but any hand/arm work will be appreciated afterwards, even just some simple squeezes 🙂
*Note that while no prep or counterposes are really needed here, discomfort in the hands can often be tied to tightness in the arms, shoulders, neck and back so any work you do there, before or after, may bring even more relief. You might try Foot to Armpit Pose, Pec Twist or Shoulder Press, in particular.
When you next find yourself on all fours or Downward Facing Dog, try to stretch your palm wide like your partner did for you in the Palm Opener Stretch. This will help you to engage the forearms more (which protects and supports the wrists) and give your more surface area to work with (which will share the load around).
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